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Police: Two dead after driver loses control passing car on snow-covered road

(Oregon State Police photo)

LYONS, Ore. -- Two people died and three people were injured when a driver lost control while passing a car on a snow-covered road on Highway 22, about 6 miles north of Santiam Junction, Oregon State Police said.

Around 4:35 p.m. Sunday, state police and Gates Fire responded to a two-vehicle collision on Hwy 22E at milepost 76.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2017 Nissan Armada driven by Joshua Lyons, 34, of Portland, was eastbound and attempted to pass on snow covered roads.

The vehicle lost traction, slid sideways and struck the front of a westbound silver Chevy Silverado pulling an enclosed trailer, driven by 54-year-old Alan Freeman of Salem.

Lyons and his passenger, 47-year-old Timothy Hays of Silverton were deceased at the scene, police said.

Freeman and two of his passengers, Shaun Dorschel, 33, of Salem, and a juvenile were treated and released for minor injuries from Salem Hospital. Freeman's third passenger, 56-year-old Donald Suklis of Jefferson, was transported to St. Charles Hospital with serious injuries.

The westbound lane was closed for approximately five hours.

OSP was assisted by ODOT and Gates Fire Department.

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